Last week was the annual World Book Day event for which many dress up as their favourite book characters. At Richmond House we decided to go a step further and have a whole week to promote a love of books and reading for pleasure.

Throughout the week, various quizzes and competitions were undertaken by children across the school. Staff were photographed hidden behind their favourite books and the children had to guess the teacher. The School Council also ran a competition to name a large cuddly teddy bear after a book character in aid of this term’s chosen charity – Candlelighters.

A book swap event took place on Wednesday, pupils from Nursery to Year 6 brought in a book to swap, the children were all delighted with their chosen new books. Pupils also brought in photographs of themselves “extreme reading”, i.e. reading in an unusual place. Some of the locations chosen were ingenious, and it was fantastic to see children reading outside of school.

All week pupils shared stories and read with other classes and year groups. Year 4 even wrote their own animal based stories which they shared with Year 1.

On Friday we celebrated World Book Day and children and staff dressed up as an array of different book characters, we had numerous Harry Potters and Hermiones, lots of David Walliams characters and many princesses and superheroes.

Headteacher Helen Stiles said: “It always makes me smile when I see any of our children so engrossed in a book that they are oblivious to what is going on around them. It is not just the benefits to a child’s learning that makes reading so important, but to read a good book is one of life’s pleasures, Book Week is a great opportunity to promote and develop this and I do hope as our children grow older they take with them the gift of enjoyment of reading.”